Immigrant: Obama Policy Clears Him for Bar Admission

Immigrant: Obama Policy Clears Him for Bar Admission

"An undocumented immigrant who passed the Florida Bar exam but was denied the ability to practice law by examiners says an Obama administration change to U.S. immigration policy means he should be given his lawyer license.  In April, José Godínez-Samperio filed a legal challenge after he was denied the license in a first of its kind case at the Florida’s Supreme Court. He now hopes President Obama's new policy will offer a way for him to live out his law dreams.  Obama announced last month that undocumented immigrants no older than 30 who arrived as children, have no criminal history, and have high school degrees or military service could stay and work in this country.  In a motion filed Thursday, Godínez-Samperio told the state Supreme Court that the administration's order makes him eligible for legal immigration status and work authorization in the U.S.  "The significance of this action for (Godínez-Samperio) and for the issues before this Court cannot be overstated," says the motion filed in Tallahassee by Godínez-Samperio's attorney, Talbot D'Alemberte. "No grounds remain for denying or further delaying his admission to the Florida Bar."  The motion asks the court to order the Florida Board of Bar Examiners to either conclude its investigation into Godínez-Samperio's application or admit him." - Associated Press, July 10, 2012.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
  • 07-18-2012

If he thinks this policy provides anyone a "status" as defined under immigration law, he's not ready to be an immigration attorney. Not sure if that word came from him or from the reporter though.